Steering the Elephant: How Washington Works

Robert Rector, Editor, Michael Sanera, Editor Universe Publishing(NY) $24.95 (356p) ISBN 978-0-87663-499-8
This collection is for those who are curious about the problems faced by Reagan-administration appointees as they have tried to change the vast bureaucracies within the federal government's executive branch. In 27 articles based on a Heritage Foundation training program for presidential appointees, such conservative figures as Jeane Kirkpatrick, Tom Pauken and Morton Blackwell describe the clash between the administration's policies and the established patterns of agency bureaucrats (the ""permanent government''), and outline strategies needed to overcome such obstacles. The pieces include case histories of recent events at the FCC, Legal Services Corporation and Small Business Administration, among other agencies. There's plenty of realistic advice on media relations, coalition-building, etc., for future Washington administrations, conservative or liberal. (April 24)
Reviewed on: 05/01/1987
Release date: 05/01/1987
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